Retreat to 8500 square feet of peace and quiet at the James Irvine Japanese Garden.
Frying Fish. Select your own sushi as it sails by on a conveyor belt. $$; 120 Japanese Village Plaza; 213/680-0567.
A Thousand Cranes. Kimono-clad waitresses and a bird's-eye view of the New Otani Hotel's rooftop garden. Dine at a low table in a tatami room for the full experience. $$; 120 S. Los Angeles St.; 213/253-9255.
Waraku I. Japanese furniture, scrolls, fountains, and kimonos. 350 E. First St.; 213/995-4115.
Mitsuwa Marketplace. A traditional Japanese supermarket with meticulously displayed produce and all sorts of sakes and green tea. 333 S. Alameda St.; 213/687-6699.
Fugetsu-do Sweet Shop. One of the oldest stores in Little Tokyo, specializing in mochi (pounded rice) and shaved ices in exotic flavors. 315 E. First St.; 213/625-8595.
Jungle Special Collector's Shop. Tokyo pop: anime DVDs and a huge selection of manga (graphic novels). Wed-Mon; 319 E. Second St.; 213/621-1661.